"The commonly used analogy that coronary heart disease is like leaves clogging a rain gutter is simply incorrect. Atherosclerotic plaque is more like a silently growing volcano than debris in a rain gutter."
"Heart disease is like the U2 of death: it's been bigger than anything else for as long as you can remember, and as such is oddly dull. Compared to neurodegenerative disorders or cancer it feels almost, well, benign. Better the quick exit than the drawn out decline."
"Not so. Rather, heart disease is like the long parabola of a baseball in the air, because we notice its movement as it approaches us, but the ball has been descending in a smooth arc for its full flight. The "prehistory" of heart disease comprises two asymptomatic stages - incubation and preclinical or latency."
"Heart disease is like many other medical conditions where an early diagnosis helps prevent further degeneration."
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